bel·​em·​nite | \ ˈbe-ləm-ˌnīt How to pronounce belemnite (audio) \

Definition of belemnite

1 : any of various extinct cephalopods (order Belemnoidea) especially abundant in the Mesozoic era that had internal shells and that superficially resembled and are regarded as ancestors of the squids
2 : the fossilized bullet-shaped remains of a belemnite

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Recent Examples on the Web The two animals consisted of a now extinct squid-like belemnite which was consuming an ancient lobster relative in the genus Proeryon. Priya Shukla, Forbes, 23 May 2021

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First Known Use of belemnite

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for belemnite

borrowed from New Latin belemnītēs "bullet-shaped fossilized rostrum of an extinct animal," from Greek bélemnon "missile, spear, arrow" (probably from bele-, full-grade base of the verb bállein "to throw, hit by throwing") + New Latin -ītēs -ite entry 1 — more at devil entry 1

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31 May 2021

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“Belemnite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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